An Antiguan, Agnes Meekers, was recently bestowed with an honour from the St. John International at an Investiture Ceremony held at the St. John’s Hospice.
Attending the ceremony were the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams, along with the Administrator of the Hospice Mrs. Jane George-John, staff and friends of the Hospice. The Officer of St. John was conferred on Mrs. Meekers by the Deputy Sub-Prior of the Order Mr. John Chew Mah.
Governor General Sir Rodney Williams who is a Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of St. John and Jerusalem commended the St. John organization for giving public recognition to the work of Agnes Meekers.
He also showered praise on Agnes Meekers for her significant contribution in providing professional care for the terminally ill in Antigua and Barbuda and opening the first hospice in the OECS with the assistance of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.
The Hospice was opened on December 1, 2011. It has eleven(11) beds, thirteen(13) aides, two(2) registered nurses, two(2) volunteer doctors, one(1) housekeeper, one(1) administrator. It is run from donations and fund raising efforts.
Mrs. Meekers, who is an author, also serves on the Board of the Museum of Antigua, the Archives Restoration Committee and the Sugar Train Restoration Committee.